Rudolph T. Brandi

rudolph brandi

March 7, 1931 ~ January 28, 2022

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Rudolph T. Brandi, 90, of Hamden, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022, and entered into eternal rest just 11 weeks after the passing of his wife of 68 years, the late Diane (Aimo) Brandi. He was the son of the late Benjamin and Christina (D’Angelo) Brandi, born on March 7, 1931, predeceased by sisters Anna Struwas and Rita Pease. Rudy was an Air Force veteran and served during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft for 42 years and retired as Systems Integration Engineering Manager. He leaves behind three children, Terri Cracchiolo (Tony), Tom Brandi, and Linda Kelly (Richard). Also, several grandchildren; Kyle Brandi, Daniel Brandi, Scott Brandi (Elizabeth), James Christiansen, Arielle St. Arnault (Sean), Richie Kelly, Anthony Cracchiolo, David Cracchiolo (Lauren), Edward Cracchiolo (Nicole), and Andrew Cracchiolo, great-grandchildren; Ella St. Arnault, Joey Cracchiolo, and Gianna Cracchiolo, daughter-in-law Penthy Brandi, and nephews David (Colleen) Struwas and Steven (Melinda) Struwas. Services will be private.

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  1. My Condolences to the Brandi family. Rudy was a mentor to me in my early days at Sikorsky aircraft, and I always remember his kindness and patience. RIP Rudy.

  2. Rudy was the first boss I had in a professional environment and was very supportive and encouraging. Sending sympathy to his family.

  3. Rudy and I shared a strong friendship at Sikorsky as well as socially. I share with many others in lauding his strong character often displayed in his consideration of others.

  4. We want to send our condolences to the family. Rudy and I were childhood friends until today! Connie and I have had many happy memories up at the lake and visiting in Hamden.
    We send our love and HUGS,
    Connie and Mike Silvestro

  5. Rudy was a mentor and a friend for over 35 years. Always a positive person that you could turn to for advice. One of the nicest people I ever met. His wisdom and insight will be greatly missed.

  6. Linda, Richard and family,
    We are so truly heartbroken upon reading of the passing of your father. And I am so sorry that we didn’t know that your mom also passed. Please except our condolences. We know how very hard it must be for your entire family losing your parents. They were truly great people. It was a honor to have met them. Just know that their love will be forever in your hearts.
    Prayers to the family. ❤️🙏

    Nick and Maria Vermiglio

  7. Tom, Linda & Family;
    So sorry to have heard of Rudy’s passing. As others have stated, Rudy was my first boss, and has had a profound impact mentoring me, as well. Kind hearted, wise, and always saw the good in everyone. Fond memories of spending time with him inside and outside or work, at the lake. He will forever be in our hearts. There’s a place in heaven for Rudy.

  8. I am very sad to hear about your loss. Rudy was one of the people that hired me to be in the ME Systems group. He was a great boss and mentor to me. I will always remember the discussions that we had about work and life when I worked for him. His memory will be cherished.

  9. Condolences to the Brandi family. Rudi gave me my start at Sikorsky and was always so helpful. He was a big part of my development in my young professional days. Glad that our paths crossed. Prayers and thoughts to Rudi and his family.
    Dave Banquer

  10. To the Brandi Family,
    We are very sorry to learn of Rudy’s passing. We were former neighbors on Lexington St. for many years. Rudy was a nice man and a gentleman. Your Mom was a lovely lady. Her laugh and smile lit up a room. My Dad was very good friends with your Grandfather Ben. Your Grandmother was a alo a lovely woman. Rudy was a wonderful photograper, and cherish the wedding pictures he took for us.
    May the fond and loving memories you have of both your parents give you comfort, strength and peace in the difficult days ahead.
    Paul and Rosemary (DeLizio) Schaeffer
    (Daughter of Joseph and Rose (Sargolini) DeLizio)

  11. Our very deepest condolences to Terry, Tommy, Linda and their families. Rudy was a wonderful person as was his wife, Dianne. We have so many wonderful family memories of them. Both were such kind and giving people. Their smiles always let you know how much they cared for you.

  12. To the Brandi Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We were next door neighbors on Lexington St. Your Dad, Mom, and grandparents were wonderful people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Maria (Berardi) Salamone and Family

  13. Tom and your family
    We were so sorry to hear about your loss May all your happy memmories and joyful times spent together guide all of you to find peace
    We will always remember your Dad out walking the dog
    You are in our thoughts and prayers Jayne Cusano Barese and Vinnie

  14. So sorry to hear of Rudy’s death. My parents were very fond of Rudy and Diane and loved to spend time with them, especially in later years, at the lake house. I think Rudy was the last living member of that generation of D’Angelo cousins (my father included) who grew up on Lyon Street. All great people.

  15. I owe alot to Rudy. He mentored me at my job at Sikorsky at times and also as a child growing up with Tom, Terry and Linda. We enjoyed many good times when we had family picnics and barbecues. Life was so different then.Rudy you were a Huge part of Sikorsky and the 53 Program.Probably the person Igor ever listened to listened to. Well God certainly will take care of you and Diane you deserve it and God will look after your family. Thank you for being in a part of mine and my wifes life we certainly loved you. WE will see you again. Richard and Kim DAngelo

  16. Our Condolences to Rudy’s family, we met him thru our close friend, his nephew Dave Struwas, and friends. He was a great gentlemen and my wife Eileen and I enjoyed his company immensely. God Bless you, RIP. Ed and Eileen O’Connor

  17. Dear Terri, Tom and Linda,
    We send our deepest sympathy to all of you and your families. As I just came across your Dad’s passing I was so, so sad. We are so very, very sorry. You are
    all in our prayers at this time. So many, many very special childhood and family
    memories….What a beautiful couple your parents were.
    Susan & Phil Wielgosh

  18. Condolences to the Brandi family for the loss of their parents and grandparents!! Thinking of you all and sending you prayers and heartfelt thoughts!!

  19. Our VCH, Veterans Coffee House meets monthly at the Wlfd Senior Center which not only gives our Vets the chance to socialize but also take part in enjoying a guest speaker which are related to military topics, slide presentations and Q&A. At this very difficult time, our group would like to honor the loss of Rudolph Brandi as a fallen brother. Our military Veterans send out their heartfelt condolences to the Brandi family and friends. As an Air Force Veteran, he had joined an elite group of honorable men and our Country will forever be in his debt.

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